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NSA – ANT
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Advanced Network Technologies (ANT) is a department of the US National Security Agency (NSA), that provides tools for the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) 1 unit and other internal and external clients. With the tools it is possible to eavesdrop on conversations (room bugging), personal computers, networks, video displays, and a lot more, using covertly installed hard- and software implants (covert ware). Most of it is built from commercial off-the-shelf parts (COTS).

Some of these products are listed in the ANT Product Catalogue, an internal NSA document that was intended for the US intelligence and law-enforcement community, and that was disclosed to the press in 2013 by former CIA/NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Swowden [1].

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  1. Today known as Computer Network Operations (CNO) [4].

NSA bugs on this website
LOUDAUTO audio-based RF retro reflective covert listening device (bug)
FIREWALK gigabit ethernet implant
Cryptonyms
All products in the ANT catalogue are identified by a codeword or cryptonym, which is sometimes abbreviated. At present, the following ANT cryptonyms are known:

  • ANGRYNEIGHBOR
  • CANDYGRAM
  • CROSSBEAM
  • CTX4000
  • CYCLONE Hx9
  • DEITYBOUNCE
  • DROPOUTJEEP
  • EBSR
  • ENTOURAGE
  • FEEDTROUGH
  • GENESIS
  • GINSU
  • GODSURGE
  • GOPHERSET
  • COTTONMOUTH-I
  • COTTONMOUTH-II
  • COTTONMOUTH-III
  • FIREWALK
  • GOURMETTROUGH
  • HALLUXWATER
  • HEADWATER
  • HOWLERMONKEY
  • IRATEMONK
  • IRONCHEF
  • JETPLOW
  • JUNIORMINT
  • LOUDAUTO
  • MAESTRO-II
  • MONKEYCALENDAR
  • NEBULA
  • NIGHTSTAND
  • NIGHTWATCH
  • PHOTOANGLO
  • PICASSO
  • RAGEMASTER
  • SCHOOLMONTANA
  • SIERRAMONTANA
  • SOMBERKNAVE
  • SOUFFLETROUGH
  • SPARROW II
  • STUCCOMONTANA
  • SURLYSPAWN
  • SWAP
  • TOTECHASER
  • TOTEGHOSTLY
  • TAWDRYYARD
  • TRINITY
  • TYPHON HX
  • WATERWITCH
  • WISTFULTOLL
Room surveillance
  • NIGHTWATCH
  • PHOTOANGLO
  • TAWDRYYARD
Documentation
  1. NSA, ANT Product catalog
    8 January 2007. Obtained from [2].
References
  1. IC off the Record, The NSA Toolbox: ANT Product Catalog
    29-30 December 2013.

  2. Jacob Appelbaum, Judith Horchert, Christian Stöcker, Catalogue Advertises NSA Toolbox
    Spiegel Online. 29 December 2013.

  3. Wikipedia, NSA ANT catalog
    Retrieved November 2020.

  4. Wikipedia, Tailored Access Operations
    Retrieved November 2020.
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